Part one of our series on lawn care for winter and spring explores care of Bermuda grass and perennial rye seeding.
Lawn Care for the Winter Months
Bermuda grass is used a lot in Arizona, and it makes sense if you think about it. Bermuda grass is very much a warm climate grass. Lawn care in the winter months is a bit different in Arizona as a result of this. First off, be aware that Bermuda-grass lawns go dormant in the fall. Establish your lawn least one year before perennial ryegrass overseeding. to keep your Bermuda grass lawn healthy, only plant a winter lawn once every three years. You want to mow your grass down to between 1/4th and 3/4 of an inch in height, which will allow room for rye seedlings.
Once evening temperatures are lower than 65 you want to overseed with perennial rye grass, approximately 10 lbs for 1,000 square feet. Call in a lawn care service in Phoenix or apply the seed with a spreader. Instead of overseeding your entire lawn, focus on one area, such as the front lawn.
Lawn Care Tip #1: Reduce Your Watering and Fertilizing
You want to reduce how much you fertilize and water your Bermuda lawn at this time of year as part of good lawn care so it will go dormant quicker. Our next article will explore fertilizing tips and water for your ryegrass lawn. Once you have overseeded your lawn, you either want a ground cover, or you want to make sure that your grass seed is covered by a bit of potting soil, otherwise, you are going to lose a lot of your grass seed to any migratory birds who want a snack.
During winter, it is time to start planting the things you want to see in the spring. And one thing you want to start at this time of year is winter lawn care.
This concludes part one of our series on lawn care for winter and spring. Be sure to read part two and part three as well.
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